Syrians go to the polls in election that Assad is set to win


DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Polling stations opened on Wednesday across Syria in a presidential election that is set to usher Bashar al-Assad into a fourth term in office.

The government says the election shows Syria is functioning normally, despite the decade-old war. But the opposition and Western nations view the exercise as a farce to rubber-stamp Assad’s grip on power.

(Reporting By Kinda Makieh; Writing By Maha El Dahan; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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